Headed towards a lupus flare? New research into predictive biological markers may hold the answer.
Lupus symptoms can come and go depending on the activity of the disease. When symptoms are light, or not present, lupus is in quiescence (or “remission”); when enough symptoms are present, it is called a lupus flare.
There are many ways to measure lupus activity, but the two most commonly used in research are:
- Safety of Estrogen in Lupus Erythematosus National Assessment-Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index
- Also known as: SELENA-SLEDAI
- Increase of 3-11 points indicates a moderate lupus flare
- Increases greater than 12 points indicates a severe lupus flare
- British Isles Lupus Assessment Group disease activity index (BILAG)
These scales both attempt to define a lupus flare as a result of specific symptoms. Because it is difficult to predict a lupus flare, many research studies look at the medical history of participants along with a measure of disease activity to determine if a person is experiencing a flare.
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